Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Who's Who: Engineer

by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Tarul Kam
Super-Power(s): Super intellect
Planet of Origin: Colu
Relationship to Legion: Creator of a threat (deceased)

Legion Log
The Legion once came across a planetary system that had been decimated by beings that appeared to be pirates from ancient Earth. When they investigated, they found that the pirates were androids from an amusement world originally created by the Engineer. He had created and programmed the world to entertain him. However, after he died the world continued on without an end to its programming. It therefore strove for more and more elaborate entertainments, with no one available to "edit" or "turn off" the activity, it turned deadly.

After the Legion realized the problem, Chameleon Boy impersonated the deceased Engineer and ordered the amusement planetoid to shut itself down.

The Engineer actually appeared with no backstory whatsoever. No biographical information was ever shared in an actual story.

The Engineer was never seen again in any issue, in any continuity.

After Infinite Crisis, the Engineer's original history has presumably been more or less restored.

Only Engineer story:

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #262
The Legion vs. the amusement androids created by the Engineer


  1. Yay, Jim Sherman art!!!!

    Second... when did The Engineer become a Coluan? I can kinda see it, but still seems a bit odd.

  2. I totally agree with you, I have no idea why they say he is from Colu. Maybe that one panel where his skin color appears to be green? Although he is shown to be Caucasian in every other panel.

  3. A quick question: do you have a contact address? I just got frustrated and wrote out a little essay on the Legion, and would like to submit it. I also have a couple of other ideas for articles that are bugging the back of my mind right now...

    1. We would love to read them! Please send them to
      And thank you!